First Do No Harm: The DEA targets Physicians who treat their patients pain.

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My father has spinal stenosis and has had chronic pain in his neck and lower back for over 20 years, he has tried going through the pain management clinics and they want to put him on more dangerous narcotics such as morphine and oxycotin than the current pain medicine his regular doctor prescribes for him who knows him and his history. why are we making it so difficult for the people that really need this help to get it. why should they jump through hoops because the DEA and government in general feel the need to control EVERYTHING!! On top of that insurance doesn't always pay for all the drug tests that the pain clinics require and he can't afford that being on a fixed income!
I live in chronic pain and have for 39 years. Many times there is no choice other than opiate pain relievers.
Im a 43 year old suffering with multiple herniated disc also have fibromyalgia, my pain is 9 out of 10 every day. I get 3 vicodin 7.50 a day,
My Dr. already threatening not to give it to me any more.
If the DEA is so concerned about addiction they can go get them on the street there are plenty of them, NOT in a doctor office.Is not fair how they treat us and here we are struggling to be alive and been a strong so we dont commit suicide. Painkillers for someone who is in pain is like a blood pressure medicine for someone with that condition. I so Wish We could all get together and go to the White House or the DEA and do something about it. they don't let people die in pain but yeah they let people live in pain. is that fair? I wonder every day if we as patient have any rights
I don't care what the DEA says they are responsible for people like myself who really need their pain pills. My dr told me today that her office will no longer being prescribing pain meds. It's a pain with all the hoops they have to go through and all the regulations. So now I have no way of getting my pain meds. Tell me how fair is this to us. Once again the government screws us again. When you are like me have multiple conditions and left to suffer in pain that is not exceptable. Someone needs to grip on what's going on here!
I have had many tumors removed and 23 surgeries since I was 8 years old due to a disease. I have been able to live my life through medications and other treatments but I am tired of the labeling. The laws and policies are not helping addiction, rather making it worse for those abusing the system as well as people like myself and millions of others who require medications to live a decent life.
Thank you for caring about people not becoming addicts. I underwent surgery and my doctors were afraid to give me pain meds due to be targeted. I don't like taking medication, but when I'm in pain, I hate that even more. I just want relief and if the insurance companies wouldn't give us a hard time about what surgery is necessary and how much pain you are in, the pain pill wouldn't have to be issued.
I just came from my pain dr, who I have been seeing for years now. I suffer from chronic pain due to several failed back surgeries, nerve damage, herniated discs in lower back and neck. I have been on 30mg of oxycodone since 2007, taken 4 times a day, oxycontin 60 mg every 12 hrs, lyrica, and zanaflex (which does nothing for pain). My Dr. comes into the room with a look of defeat today and tells me he can no longer give me the 30mg, the ONLY medicine that helps my pain and gives me a somewhat functioning life. He tells me it's out of his control and it's coming down from the American Board of Pain mgmt along with D.E.A. I immediately lost it, cried my eyes out. How dare the DEA or anyone else tell me what I can and can't have to treat my pain. They are not my doctor, have no f******* idea the amount of pain I live in without my meds. This is sooo WRONG to do to legit pain patients who just want some quality of life. My lower back has actually turned all discolored and black and blue. Part due to over usage of heating pad, and my dr thinks its to do with nerve damage. My life is no picnic. I am a single mom on perm. disability. What little life I have left I'd like to be able to function. While I'll agree with the fact that there are the pill pushers and abusers out there, because the DEA has lost control of their war on opiods, they chose to target the legit people who are suffering in pain everyday???!! Two words to the *******s who are targeting legit pain patients. F**** YOU! Karma will surely come your way and I hope you find yourself in so much pain you would rather die. What the hell do you think you are doing to patients who have been on opiods for years upon years and then you take it away???!! You leave us in so much pain we would rather end our lves. IF I get to that point, I am making sure my siblings know to sue the asses off of everyone of you who are targeting legit pain sufferers and who have compromised my health and well being to the point I no longer want to live. I asked my dr about medical pot, and of course since I'm not on my deathbed I dont qualify, another bunch of shit. Christie set the medical pot program up to fail in NJ, having the strictest guidelines in the country..He's on one big power trip, and is out of his mind when he said, and I quote " There just isn't a need for it here". There's a need for it as thousands of us suffer daily, but who can be bothered going thru the program when it's hasselfree and stressfree going to the streets. I've never wished bad on anyone, but now I do. I hope those of you making these so called rules will one day know what it's like to suffer in pain and can't get out of bed, or play with your child, or take a walk, or cook meals for your kid, You make me sick! SHAME THE HELL ON YOU FOR COMING AFTER THE LEGIT PAIN SUFFERERS. I've never failed a dam urine test, I do everything I'm supose to, and try and enjoy life the best I can. You are forcing me to now live in pain so b
I have been on the same medications for a10 years. I have been going to the same CVS pharmacy is Las Vegas for the past 4 years and have had my prescriptions filled by the same pharmacist for 9 months. Two weeks ago I went to the same pharmacy and pharmacist and was told she declined to fill my medications. Her first reason was stated she had 2 other customers who died of these drugs. The second reason was she considered in her professional opinion that they were a dangerous drug cocktail. I asked if she would call my doctor and if my doctor should call her. Which she declined. After several day to make a long story short contacting CVS corporate office several times since it escalated to where the pharmacist refused to fill my non-narcotic prescriptions which they told her she had to it escalated to where she set it up so when I picked up my non-narcotic prescription she had security escort me out of CVS under threat of arrest. During this I stated that I believe she is required to follow State and federal protocol for denying to fill prescriptions. I found Nevada law NAC 639.753 section (NRS 639.070) which she clearly violated each of the legal requirements she is required to take which she did non of them. I have also discovered this pharmacy was under DEA investigation supposedly and discovered when I had them print out my prescriptions for several years that there were a number of very strong narcotics that were listed under my name and a doctors name which I had never received nor did my doctor ever order these prescriptions. I am now following all the legal protocols and contacts for having this investigated. Any one who has been denied their prescriptions should immediately have the pharmacy print out a list of their prescriptions as far back as they can and then call your insurance company to provide you a list of all your prescriptions who had since you started taking them. This is first an over reach by the DEA and second their is a huge market for illegal drug sales which pharmacy personal can be tempted or persuaded to steal medications and bury the evidence in computer records of patient's. Be aware of this. Also these denials to people can cause death or suicide and force patients o become criminals being forced to buy their medications off the streets especially from illegal aliens and cartel controlled dealers, Do you think illegals and cartel are only trafficking heroine, crystal-meth and crack from Mexico. I think not. How many pills do you think can fit in a back pack or duffel bag across the border. The DEA needs to do their job of protecting American citizens rather that destroying the health, welfare and lives by forcing pharmacies to make decisions they are not qualified to do so. The DEA is killing the disabled and terminally ill people by their actions. We disabled people have value. We need more signatures and more people to contact their State pharmacy Board, American Disabilities Act representatives and Co
I suffer from two ruptured discs in my back and have had nothing but problems and headaches trying to manage my pain. I can't exactly medicate leaglly while at work but can with a pain medication. Nothing but hypocrites. My medical liscense comes from the same place as the docotrs licsense who won't prescribe pain meds bc the DEA says he can't. Also after asking for documentaion stating what he said I was no longer able to see him bc of "patient doctor relationship break down" what a joke. They can prescribe narcotics like heroin dealers bc the drug companies want their money every month from you when you go to pharmacy. They are not making any money off a person when they make there own. It all comes down to $$$$$$!
A nightmare for real people who are in chronic pain. I live in fear in the good olé USA! There is real problems that need addressed, common sense says this is nit the way. I would love to be part of a round table volunteer to assist in establishing real solutions to the real problems. My community does have enormous illegal drug usage problems and rehab shortages, but its not being solved by targeting me.
I have osteoarthritis combined with hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia. I would rather be playing with my granddaughter than worrying about if my pharmacist is suddenly going to say that my prescription can't be filled. When pharmacists and bureaucrats decide to "play doctor" it puts all of us at risk of no longer being able to receive the medical care we pay for. Let's face, drug addicts will find their pills somewhere no matter what we do. Why do all of us have to be punished for the sins of a few? Perhaps we are looking at this the wrong way: maybe we should be suing our pharmacists, the DEA, and our state representatives for practicing medicine without a license.
I have osteoarthritis combined with hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia. I would rather be playing with my granddaughter than worrying about if my pharmacist is suddenly going to say that my prescription can't be filled. When pharmacists and bureaucrats decide to "play doctor" it puts all of us at risk of no longer being able to receive the medical care we pay for. Let's face, drug addicts will find their pills somewhere no matter what we do. Why do all of us have to be punished for the sins of a few? Perhaps we are looking at this the wrong way: maybe we should be suing our pharmacists, the DEA, and our state representatives for practicing medicine without a license.
I've been in pain management for 24 years same pain clinic the whole time . Never had dirty urine . Pill count good .never ask fory meds early . I have my whole spine herniated discs ,stenosis at multi levels I had 2failed cervical fusions . Need another one . Had low back surgery need another one after 22 years it needs done again . They are cutting my pain meds down plus they took away my dilaudid . Which I need to wash my hair and shower. I use to get 3 100mg.of morphine a day now I get 210 mg. and 4 15mg. Oxycodone . Was told I had to go to family doctor to get somas they quit writing them . So I was lucky my family doctor writes them . They are the only muscle relaxer that helps my neck and doesn't make me tired . I don't feel high ony meds because I got them increased over 24 years that's why I can't have them cut down I need them increased I have a tolerance after 24 years . Please help us or tell me where to complain too.
Ever night I go to bed with a pain level 8...every night I go to bed with a pain level 8....I cry myself to sleep because I am in so much pain...I take my pain medicine as prescribed....I have had surgeries and so many injections I look like a pin cushion....I am desperate...71 years old and I have no life...no medical marijuana laws in this bible thumping state...My doctor of over 20 years is so afraid of the DEA that he can not sufficiently treat my excruciating pain....I have been to Pain clinics and no help there...if we had medical marijuana...I couldn't use that and the pain medicine because of the laws...I have an upstanding pillar of the community Dr. and I am a law abiding upstanding citizen...why can't I get the treatment I need....'cause the government has decided we are no better than an addict on the streets....I am not an addict....I use for pain....all my records of 20 years reflect this...there are years and years of documentation....and still the government thinks they have a right to control my treatment...This needs to be changed for all of the poor people who have a life filled with pain.....Surely there could be something put in place...a way to sift through the street abusers vs. the legitimate truly ill sufferers
I want to add to the comments that I had already submitted: THE STEROID INJECTIONS THAT ARE DONE IN THE NAME OF PAIN MANAGEMENT MAY BE THE CAUSE OF ARACHNOIDITIS!!!!! DITTO SPINE SURGERY!!!!! READ UP ON ARACHNOIDITIS!!!!
I have Arachnoiditis which means the nerves in the spinal cord, actually the Cauda Equina, are clumping together and it causes me to be incontinent at bladder and stool along with severe pain especially in my legs. Also, since the damage seems to constantly be getting worse it has caused me to have problems with the regulation of body temperature; sadly this isn't even half of the problems that comes with the disease process they call Arachnoiditis.
I have three herniated disc in my lower back and am in need of spinal fusion. I am very sick of being under treated by my doctor because he is scared of being investigated by the state or DEA. There are around 100 million chronic pain sufferers in the United Sates right now and many of them go without treatment because of the current laws and health costs. We need to make our voices heard on this topic and bring some sanity back to this discussion.
I've had my knees ware out to the point I need both knees replaced. Been on hydrocodone for about 6-7 years taking two a day a half at a time. I'm a auto body repairman they help me do my job. My doctor when I started with him was handing them out like candy to all who came. Took me almost two hours to see him now I'm always in and out no one there because of the law change. I have mri's class Rays done two specilest say I need knees. If I do it now they say I would have to change jobs because of the abuse on my body I can't stop and make the money I do now my doc wants me off the pain meds cause he's scared. People who have proof of pain should be able to get relief it's something that keeps us somewhat normal to make it through the day
This really hits home when someone you love, who has always been a hard worker and NEVER used drugs of any kind comes down with a debilitating disease, where the pain in almost unbearable and he's treated like a loser drug addict when he tries to get a prescription for meds that can at least give him a little quality to his life.
I have suffered for many years with pain and thus far am being treated for it. My physicians, however, is concerned about the way this country is going about dealing with both Doctors and patients.
Many Dr. Office's will not even write prescriptions for narcotics period the end! What kind of place is it that binds the hands of a Physicians from providing treatment of any ONE kind flat out? Drug addicts on the street will still get the drugs they are looking for and it is the average person that will be left at home in misery and contemplating suicide like one person I know already did, and others have considered.
So to the men and women of Congress, let the Doctor treat the patient, and you get on with actually doing something helpful for a change.
I am a 49 year old female and I had my first low back surgery when I was just 19 years old. I have since had 6 more back surgeries and a cervical fusion. I have severe degenerative disc disease, neuropathy in my left foot, severe scar tissue in lower back that is causing arthritis and several other back issues including 2 current herniated discs. I have been with pain management for a long time and along with SEVERAL procedures done on a regular basis, I.e., spinal injections, cervical injections, procedures to deaden the nerve, etc. I also take pain medication that helps me to continue with some quality of life. A year and a half ago my pain management Dr. Told me one day that he has to wean me off my pain meds just because he didn't like me on those meds anymore. So needless to say I went and found another Dr and explained my situation to her. I told her that I have to be on the pain meds to have any quality of life and to keep up with my 2 children. The new Dr agreed with me and said, "Some people just really need to be on pain meds."
Well, here I am just 1 year later and now after this Dr has done every possible procedure she could do on me and thousands of dollars later, she says that the DEA has her hands tied and she can no longer write my prescriptions for me and discharged me from the practice just like that! I have been so depressed and stressed out because now I have just a month to find a new Dr before my meds run out and I go I to major withdraws since I have been on the same meds for over 4 years. I have always used the same pharmacy, complied with all office rules, passed all UA's given and was just treated like a piece of trash off the street when she was done with me. I am just at a loss for words over how terrible these Dr.s can get away with treating patients who are truly in pain and need their medications. I am now in frantic mode trying to find a new Dr that will take me on before March 7 when my meds are due again.
I suffer chronic increasing pain. I am in Florida and cannot get pain medication. So I suffer every day, praying when I get home I can get my Rx. I have no quality of life, pain rules me, not drugs. My Rx. makes it possible to lead some
kind of life. Otherwise I am in constant pain and absolutely refused any pain meds. Feel like I am being punished.
The whole patient should absolutely be treated and the current restrictions and threat to Physicians to treat suffering patients is abusive, negligent, and detrimental to healthcare.
SEVERE RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS AND DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE. HAVE TO TRAVEL 60 MILES EVERY MONTH JUST TO GET MY PRESCRIPTION...I AM OVER 65 YEARS OLD AND STILL WORKING FULLTIME
Life is not worth living anymore!
I have been in chronic pain for 10+ years and it has recently reached a point in which it is destroying my life, however none of the Dr's I have seen in the past 2 years will do anything at all to help control pain so I can have my life back. I already take NSAID's (most days more than any human should take on a hope and a prayer of relief), have done countless hours of physical therapy, have had surgery that only worsened the problem, and everything else. I know what works for me as it has worked numerous times short term and that is pain medication. It allows me to have my life back and a quality of life that is much better than I currently have due to chronic pain interfering with everything I do. Every Dr has tried to make it out as if it is in my head, I even had one call me an addict because of the medication my surgeon had me on AFTER surgery and during the 6mo after surgery in which I was suffering from complications FROM the surgery that required a second surgery to fix. Because of that and the fact that the surgeon wrote prescriptions for odd amounts to last odd numbers of days, sometimes a week, sometimes 3 weeks, sometimes 2 weeks, etc, I have been "red flagged" as I was told at an ER during a major flare up and because of that I'm classified as an addict by the state. THIS IS WRONG!! I never should have been classified as anything considering I had surgery and complications and now I'm suffering with increased pain due to a botched surgery a failed attempt to fix it and now I have developed severe anxiety that is also going untreated. Dr's are nothing but money grabbers now days that think anyone who says the word "pain" is automatically an addict or a criminal and that is WRONG!!
I think if I were to commit suicide in this situation (and I would, as I have no intention to live with severe pain if it ever comes to that), I would do it on the legislature's doorstep, with a farewell letter to make sure they knew what it was all about. And maybe signs too. Or maybe in front of the local news station. That would be a dramatic in your face statement they couldn't ignore.
Until the number of legitimate pain patients committing suicide, surpasses the number of people who die because they abuse drugs, nothing will change.

I'm a former cop, a number of years ago, I investigated a number of deaths by chronic pain patients.

Most were suicides, but they weren't obvious, and most weren't listed as suicides. When most people give up fighting with doctors, fighting with pharmacists, and being treated like a drug addict, they don't people to know they gave up, for several reasons.

The deaths I looked into were overdoses, single vehicle accidents, where something wasn't right, and one suicide by cop. He created a situation, then pointed an empty gun at police.

Watch the suicide rates, you'll be shocked by the increases, then remember, many pain patient deaths wern't counted as suicides.
This law is doing more harm then good! It has made it damn near impossible for people who suffer from chronic pain to get any relief because doctors would rather cut them off then go through the hassle of writing a physical script. Not to mention most doctors rely heavily on their nurse practitioners to treat patients and now they don't have the authority to write scripts for decent pain medications. Another huge issue with this law is if your dr or dentist is sick or out of the office you have to wait for them to get back to work or go to the emergency room. This law is stupid and needs to be thrown out!
I have been a pain Patient for 15 years. My Doctor now because of laws in PA, wants to stop me meds. I have had 11 surgeries, back, knees, hips, etc. I have failed back surgery, failed knee replacements, due to RSD, Arthritis, without these meds I can not function enough to take care of myself. Please help people with chronic pain, legitimate pain. My records over 20 years shows I tried everything.
My mom ha so been living in pain for most of my life. I'm tired of watching her suffer.
I read a segment that the AMA posted saying, most doctors falsely blame the DEA for not allowing physicians to prescribe narcotics.
I have had two back surgeries and suffer from polymyositis. Most days my pain is barely tolerable. I don't understand why patients are expected to 'tough it out' when there are medications that will help. Must we all start buying the drugs we need on the street? The patient and doctor should be the only ones involved in the decision to prescribe needed pain meds.
I proudly sign this petition!
As a violent accident being drug by a quarter horse years ago, I've suffered 11 spine related surgeries, I lost my career of a divisional manager of a finical firm after my 7th surgery.
I've been a chronic pain patient for over 8 years.
I have been let to suffer when in fact I had broken bones in my spine that were not treated or even investigated..I was looked at with a physdo addiction... I actually drove over 80 miles, far beyond the distance and time I normally can sit..only to be received by the DEA diversion as another poor victim of the laws they must hold up to prevent addiction!
If I'm to be placed on a contract that states:
One false positive and I can be denied my medacations.
If I were to loose my medacations in a life long period of time, I can be left to suffer and again not treated at all.
If I show any "subjectively opinionated" signs of addiction I can be left to suffer.
If I feel I need to be fully treated, not just pain meds or I've grown tolerant of my meds I can be LABLED an addict and refused treatment.
I am not allowed to leave the state for longer than 30 days. I can not receive a vacation fill, or can I receive a 90 day fill from my doctor to save money.
Here is an example of that law; if my father became ill and was on life support, and my doctor appointment was 4 days from the day I needed to leave to see my father and say goodby, I would NOT have the right to do so with medications in hand!
I lived through the COLORADO flood in 2013-14 and was trapped inside a city that my doctor does not have an office. I had no buffer to see me through this time of uncertainty the lanes of travel would open. I would go into severe withdrawals, life threatening. If I went to the ER I would be viewed as an addict and dismissed. I know this because the TWO times I've been to the ER for flight or flight violent pain I WAS TREATED AS AN ADDICT!! Without the attending physician even looking into my case! I did have more than broken bones!
If you look at the list above we pain patients must adhere to you'd think I was reading a natzie war poster.
The DEA treated me as a poor little girl they felt airy for but " THEY NEED A JOB"!
My state reps have not returned my calls even tho their aids called it TORTURE what we are living.
I have all kinds of pain problems-severen degenerational spine both cervical and lumbar, peripheral neuropathy, fibro... I am being forced to go through several worthless processess and my MD holds my meds over my head. first he cut what I was on into a 1/3 - my life is zero quality-because of the pain I take many aleve and motrin -I am pee tested so I cant use weed either-I am seriously considering suicide-I cant take much more
pain sufferers are not getting the persciptions
they are getting perscibed by the doctors something is broken.
It sure is a shame that I feel I can't even use my name here because I don't trust our current Government. The DEA is a Government Agency. I have been a pain patient for 15 years. The older I get (I'm 54 now), the worst my condition is getting. My Doctor has told me it would get worse. So I have to think about that, But NOW...I have to Worry about this! I have Never abused my medicine. I have Never sold my medicine (why would I do that...because I Need It)! The Real pain patients were never told what was coming with this DEA/Obama crap. Others, that have not been on pain medication for years were not even given a chance to ween off the med. I was never told this was coming, and was never asked if I even wanted to try to ween off. It was just Overnight that no pharmacy would fill these prescriptions. I have went to 8 to 12 different pharmacies in one day (trying with all my might to walk all the way to the back of the store to the pharmacy) and no one will fill what has been prescribed to me? Then after walking and driving around so much, I am Laid Up for 4 to 5 days in extreme pain because I aggrevated everything. The pharmacies are not even able to order what medications they need. They told me that now they just get whatever they get.????? So many decent people are getting sick with withdrawal, having seizures, some dying of the seizures, or they are going to the street drugs. THIS ADMINISTRATION NEEDS TO BE HELD ACCOUTABLE...AND NOW. HOW IS THIS LEGAL? IT IS INHUMANE. Who do they think they are. We didn't do anything wrong. I keep my meds. hidden and locked up at all times. It is basically the death panel we were told about with ObamaCare. If you really think about it...It all started when ObamaCare really kicked in. I heard that the Administration is Stock-Piling all pain meds!!!??? We Need To Sue This Administration for Pain and Suffering...LITERALLY! I am so Mad and so Scared...and so are the Doctors!
Thie "war on pain patients" and their doctors must stop. The DEA and it's war on drugs has spent trillions of dollars over the years, yet the drug cartels have become billionaires. The war has been lost, so to justify it's existence and to continue it's tax dollar funding, the Dea now targets doctors/patients making us feel like we are subhuman and should just go "die" somewhere. The heroin explosion over the last few years is a direct result of the attacks on doctors/patients and you will see it continue to skyrocket. Most of them were former pain patients just trying to make it through their days, then enter the DEA. Their physician gets targeted and stops treating patients,, the patients cannot find another doctor and the pain becomes unbearable. So, you are left with 2 options: a: commit suicide and end the pain. b: turn to illicit drugs (heroin or marijuana) What else can we do? What kind of country have we become,, than we cannot even treat our sick and elderly. God will judge a nation according to how it treats its children, it's elderly and its sick/ infirmed. It's time to stop this attack, please!
I have suffered from chronic pain for 7+ years. The past year I have tried to change doctors because my current doctor (of 7 yrs) does not take my ins. I have run into multiple problems w/ being "believed" I am treated like a liar, some kind of drug seeker and if I do receive a script it is for 3 days or 10 days, then I have to start all over again and always receive the same attitude. They think I am a liar/criminal. I am 61 yrs. old, have never, ever abused meds. I get it that the ones that do need to be stopped but all of us that have been diagnosed properly and suffer every day are being treated horribly and not receiving the meds we need to even function. Thanks
When a government directive takes precedence over a human's right to quality of life (especially in the United States), the people have no recourse but to organize and demand change.
I have fibromyalgia, bulging and torn disc in lower back. Have been told that surgery could make the pain worse. My doctor wants to give me tramadol which zones me out and makes me unable to work. He is now sending me to a pain management specialist because he refuses to prescribe the pain medicine that works best for me. This is ridiculous. As long as there are drugs there will be drug addicts and no law is going to change that. I am in pain and need my meds!!!
This isn't enforcing the law Protect and Serve it reaks of Facism What does the AMA have to say.
This isn't enforcing the law Protect and Serve it reaks of Facism What does the AMA have to say.
I have been a Type 1 diabetic for 39 yeats and have pperipheral neuropathy as well as damage to the nerves in my spine. Why is it those of us who really need pain managment have to suffer because of those who abuse pain medication? I will submit to a drug test for every appointment, sign a pain managment contract and do a pill count. I have absolutely no problem with that. The Drug Enforcement Agents need to live with constant burning shooting pains in their legs for a while and continous back pain. See how that feels.
It's a dirty shame that so many Americans in LEGITIMATE CHRONIC PAIN can be so undertreated, maligned, labeled, and unable to cope with such severe pain that many just give up and take their own lives, or die of stroke or heart attack. They don't have these cruel attitudes in European Countries about pain control. How can a bureaucratic agency, such as the DEA, gain so much power that they are able to cruelly force people into unrelenting pain? One thing that too many hard-boiled doctors, WHO DON'T HAVE TO DEAL WITH PAIN THEMSELVES, have in common with the real drug abusers, is that neither group recognizes that anyone could ever be in chronic pain. They can't feel it so why should they care? A drug addict will steal your medication or get it taken some other way (like people who work in medical clinics, who poison the relationship between legitimate patient and doctor) so they can steal the prescriptions. Don't believe that? Look it up on the net. You will be floored to find out just how many of these "insiders" are able to get rid of legitimate patients and write forged prescriptions for themselves, but keep the number of prescriptions low enough to keep the doctor off the DEA radar. That's WHY they will sabotage a legitimate pain patient.
No Bureaucratic Agency should be able to inflict so much harm on Americans who legitimately suffer in pain. People complain all the time about government spending. This is one agency which needs to be either abolished or cut back severely. They have done enormous damage to the American people overall, and have been well paid to do it. SHAME ON THEM AND SHAME ON THE DOCTORS AND THE AMA WHO DON'T STAND UP TO THEM! THE AMA IS THE MOST POWERFUL POLITICAL GROUP IN THIS COUNTRY, NEXT TO THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. SURELY THE AMA HAS THE POWER TO STOP THIS DEA ABUSE AGAINST LEGITIMATE DOCTORS AND PATIENTS. WHY AREN'T THEY DOING IT? Maybe its long overdue for the American people to sue this agency for all the harm it's done to people over the years.
It's a dirty shame that so many Americans in LEGITIMATE CHRONIC PAIN can be so undertreated, maligned, labeled, and unable to cope with such severe pain that many just give up and take their own lives, or die of stroke or heart attack. They don't have these cruel attitudes in European Countries about pain control. How can a bureaucratic agency, such as the DEA, gain so much power that they are able to cruelly force people into unrelenting pain? One thing that too many hard-boiled doctors, WHO DON'T HAVE TO DEAL WITH PAIN THEMSELVES, have in common with the real drug abusers, is that neither group recognizes that anyone could ever be in chronic pain. They can't feel it so why should they care? A drug addict will steal your medication or get it taken some other way (like people who work in medical clinics, who poison the relationship between legitimate patient and doctor) so they can steal the prescriptions. Don't believe that? Look it up on the net. You will be floored to find out just how many of these "insiders" are able to get rid of legitimate patients and write forged prescriptions for themselves, but keep the number of prescriptions low enough to keep the doctor off the DEA radar. That's WHY they will sabotage a legitimate pain patient.
No Bureaucratic Agency should be able to inflict so much harm on Americans who legitimately suffer in pain. People ***** all the time about government spending. This is one agency which needs to be either abolished or cut back severely. They have done enormous damage to the American people overall, and have been well paid to do it. SHAME ON THEM AND SHAME ON THE DOCTORS AND THE AMA WHO DON'T STAND UP TO THEM! THE AMA IS THE MOST POWERFUL POLITICAL GROUP IN THIS COUNTRY, NEXT TO THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. SURELY THE AMA HAS THE POWER TO STOP THIS DEA ABUSE AGAINST LEGITIMATE DOCTORS AND PATIENTS. WHY AREN'T THEY DOING IT? Maybe its long overdue for the American people to sue this agency for all the harm it's done to people over the years.
The doctors need to stop treating patients like criminals and drug testing them all the time. My partner has debilitating back pain and finally found relief about 4 years ago with time release morphine. He also had begun using cannabis after losing 40 lbs, partly from morphine side effects, to help stimulate his appetite which is doctor knew about. Two months ago his regular pain doc was away and the partner sprung a drug test that showed thc and he refused to write. Just cut him off. Now he has to spend most of his time sitting and reclining to try and manage the pain, along with TENS, meditation and massive amounts of ibuprofen. Since he is also on Coumadin I worry about him bleeding. He is 62 and does not deserve to be tortured.
Words can't describe the hell my family has been through due to the idiocy of the US approach to pain management and my wife's condition. They seemingly so all they can to force one to embrace illicit methods.
I am a 38 year old legally disabled female with a Chronic Neurological illness who suffers from daily chronic headaches that are absolutely intolerable. I am not a drug addict just because I need opioids for my pain , but for almost 16 years straight , ever since being diagnosed with a rare Neurological Condition called Arnold- Chiari Malformation of The Brain. I was declared as being legally disabled in 2003 due to complications from brain surgery that I had on Monday October 4, 1999 at age 23. My complaint is that for almost 6 years straight now, I have been suffering from a lengthy far worse daily non stop far more severe and excruciating pain with this headache and due to the intolerable pain of this daily non stop headache that I have been suffering with going on 6 years straight now. However, I have not had or gotten an ounce of relief yet. I have been to numerous ERs, attempted to find an appropriate Adult Internist and have seen several of those , and 2 pain management doctors, but the one thing I need they all flat out refuse to do , which is the only thing that van and will help me get my pain under control and get relief. That is nobody, meaning doctors I've seen all of the indicated places above absolutely will not admit me into a hospital for inpatient pain control on an IV by treating my pain aggressively with the strong Mg and Microgram dosage injections into my IV aggressively, like every 2-3 hours or so to find the proper narcotics, at the proper dosages, the right strengths and proper medicinal schedule regimes, , I also need to be admitted as well for them to run tests and find out what is causing this headache and to find out what and why I am and have been so sick along with this headache and aside from it as well. I have only had 1 Pain Management Doctor who has ever helped me, but I was only under his are for pain management for 3 glorious years from spring of 2003- Winter of 2006 when he wrongfully lost his license to practice medicine under false pretenses based on total and complete lies and false accusations. His name is Dr. Nelson H. Hendler of Mensana Clinic , which is located in Stevenson, Maryland. I desperately need and want to have and get Dr. Hendler back as my pain management doctor again because ever since losing him as my pain management doctor who was the only one whoever helped me manage my pain successfully and with flying colors, but ever since I was forced to part company with him, I have not gotten or received proper, decentor appropriate medical care or attention that Ihave needed and I especially need now. Dr. Hendler is innocent of all of those terribly untrue charges ,accusations, and defamation of character that he has sickly suffered and has been put through. He is the only pain management doctor and doctor for that matter who was and is extremely competent and knows what he is doing medically. He is the b
Exactly, Do No Harm! The DEA, MDs and Pharmacists need to get their heat of of the little box and look around. Ask people what they think, especially the ones who are forced to by street drugs or stand on a bridge ready for suscide, ready to do anything to get some relief from pain. Before this change, there were people on the streets selling drugs, those jumping off bridges, some due to pain, but i would wager it wasn't totally becaue of painl I would rather live a life being pain free, its better than living no life at all, where you cant hardly maintain life itself! Do not cause more harm than good! where has the empathy gone to, why don't the doctors stand up with us together!
I think that some lawyers should take up a class action suit for those of us that are experiencing severe, unrelenting pain. I am classified disabled by Social Security and also receive Long Term Disability from Prudential insurance. I am in constant pain and when I was asked to sign one of those narcotic prescription contracts I was highly annoyed. I do not see anyone else having to sign contracts for their illnesses in order to receive medicine that helps with the quality of life. I think this is discrimination to the disabled. The entire medical and pharmacy community that utilizes such contracts and also practices discrimination to those with pain in an unwillingness to prescribe pain medication ought to be sued. The disabled are not to be discriminated against. I can't walk, am in a wheelchair, have severe chronic pain and get treated as if I am some kind of freak because I want to take a medicine that helps stop the pain.
There more and more chronic pain patients turning to street drugs to help relieve the pain or dying from suicide. We are misunderstood and labeled, mocked or laughed at when showing emotion and depression, and treated like gum on the bottom of a shoe...Like trash. It's time I'm treat like a human being. I want to live free from pain. Please!!
Why will surgeons not hesitate to perform life altering surgeries causing harm, including disability & chronic pain? Then patients suffer further humiliation by not being able to get relief from medication that is safe and affordable. Instead, they are being forced to participate in interventional medicine, invasive and expensive procedures that often again do more harm than good. No wonder patients seek illegal drugs, they are being forced. Shame on the Feds.
Lost Cause.......
There are Petition2Congress petitions on here dating back to 2010.

ex. 97K signers to rid the DST (to quit changing the time back and forth). first signed March 2011.

And the website charges $3 to allegedly "print and mail".

They didn't hear us in 2010 they're not listening NOW.

Out.

PS. and I will probably get the same cookie-cutter, computer generated response from the politicians about healthcare and how they give a******about me..LOL I cant wait..
We are sick of being ignored any longer! You people responsible for unnecessary and forced suffering of millions of people are doing nothing but creating more harm and just so you can pat yourselves on your fat lazy backs. I personally am fed up with hurting every minute of my life because Doctor's are just to policed themselves that the last thing they would do is treat chronic pain patients properly and its all thanks to our newly self appointed hero's like the DEA and the FDA. We all sing praises to you while we are bent over in unbearable pain. Quit ignoring us and instruct physicians to treat the truly needy without fear from the new Health Care Police/Gastapo.
If something does not happen soon we will ALL band together until someone listens and helps.
I know that you all are quite content letting people suffer but I bet everyone of you causing this problem have either recently taken or is currently taking medications for some type of pain but oh, that's right. Its OK for you by your double standards made up just for you. STOP doing harm to Americans.
As a person who is 57 and has had major surgery it is just awful that drs are afraid to treat me or us. When you are in so Mich pain you can not even do daily living things. It makes no sense when. There are drugs to help us feel better. Pain leads to depression

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